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CHRS Preservation Café: Restoration Tools and Materials of DC's Historic Brick Buildings

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 6:30pm

Join the Capitol Hill Restoration Society (CHRS) for their monthly Preservation Café series at East City Bookshop. November's topic is 'Restoration Tools and Materials of DC's Historic Brick Buildings.'

Washington has one of the highest concentrations of historic brick buildings in the United States and preserving the historic value of our masonry makes good sense: in May 2019 the Washington Business Journal estimated the building portfolio in this city is worth more than $250 billion. Real estate values may go through their ups-and-downs, but it is easy to see why proactive preservation and preventative maintenance are worth the cost.

Methods for preserving masonry usually depends on the type of building material used, whether it is brick, cement, stone, or others. Unfortunately, few local masonry workers are familiar with historic restoration. Misnomers and misunderstandings about the trade abound.

Gary Barnhart, a Capitol Hill mason, will discuss these materials in addition to some interesting lesser-known ones that local residents may be unfamiliar with. He will also describe the historic tools he uses, and those that the industry has reproduced and invented. Modern tools can speed things up, but they can also cause irreparable damage if used improperly. In some cases there is no good substitute for the tools masons and bricklayers have used for centuries.

Preservation Cafés are free to CHRS members and non members alike. We hope to see you at East City Bookshop, 645 Pennsylvania Ave SE, on November 20th at 6:30 p.m.